Sunday, July 31, 2011

Get up to 30% off at these Teachers Pay Teachers stores for Back to School!

Have you heard the great news? Teachers Pay Teachers is offering a 10% off promo code for the week of 8/1-8/6 for Back to School, and many sellers are placing their entire stores on sale for an additional percentage to add to your savings! The Smarty Pants Teaching Resources store (Anna's store) will be 20% off, making your total savings 30% off! What a great deal! Don't miss out on the sale, and please check out all of the other stores on sale below!

The TpT promo code for 10% off is: B1T1S

Game Subject Predicate Grammar File Folder Center Literacy Sentences

Fall -Winter Ordered Pairs Pack Bundle Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas

Smarty Pants Teaching Blog

Smarty Pants Teaching Store on TpT

Special thanks to Carolyn Wilhelm from The Wise Owl Factory for creating the graphics and compiling all of the links for this list!

Wise Owl Factory on TpT

Wise Owl Factory Book a Day Blog

The 10% OFF promo code will be B1T1S and be good from the 1st-6th

Biology Introduction Complete Unit Plan 20Products

The Ultimate Lab Safety Bundle for Science Teachers

Metric System Scientific Measurement Unit Plan of 12 Products

Science Stuff Blog

Intro To Biology and Characteristics of Living Things Unit Bundle

The Lesson Guide Blog by Lisa Michalek

Think-Tac-Toe-Bundle Differentiated Literacy Activities for Any Text
Literacy Activities Using Thinking Maps 
Sentence Starters for Paideia Seminars

Reading Comprehension Strategy Resource Binder

Literacy Elements Resource Binder

11 Themed Kooshball Templates for your SMARTboard
Runde's Room Blog

Rachel Lynette's TpT Store

Beginning of the Year Activities
Any List Spelling Activities

150 Creative and Critical Thinking Cards

Minds in Bloom Blog

Spanish Speaking Activities

Spanish Projects

Spanish Bell Ringers

Spanish Plan's Blog

Student Portfolios: A Collection of Printables for Throughout the Year

Animal Habitats Mini-Unit: Balanced Literacy ArtScience

Number of the Day: Developing Number Sense Numbers from 1 to 50

Teaching In the Early Years Blogspot

Classroom and Behavior Management Package

Translations, Reflections, Rotations, and Graphing Activities Package

Geometry Review: 8 Math Centers

Printable Beginning Readers Sets 123 At One Low Price

Preschool-Kindergarten-First Grade Reading Math Games SAVE ON BOTH

Kindergarten Sight Word Books BUY ALL 5 SETS AND SAVE

Teacher Tam's Educational Adventures Blogspot

Daily Essential Vocabulary

Action Verbs and Keith Haring
7th Grade Bell Assignments

Life in Special Education Blogspot

 Irregular Past Tense Verb Game: Grammar and Vocabulary Unit Plan

Reflexive Pronouns ELD-ESL: Grammar Unit and Lesson Plan

Place Value with 3 Digit Numbers Games and Lesson Plans, Math Games

 Scrabble Math Literacy Activities

Alien Text Talk Full Year Daily Language Practice Grammar and Spelling

Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Teaching Unit

The Teaching Banks' Blog



 Reading Tracker Bookmarks for Students

Reading Workshop Task Menu Recording Sheets Grades 4-5

ROCK-n-ROLL Classroom Theme Back to School

Effective Teaching Solutions Blog

 Spanish Greetings and Farewells and Basic Introductions Packet

Telling Time in Spanish Fun Thematic Unit Bundle

Solve Systems of Equations Resource and Activity Packet

The Enlightened Elephant's Blog

 Fabulous Fairy Tales Unit Ideas for 10 Fairy Tales

The Great Poetry Race Fluency Kit

Addition and Subtraction Mystery Pictures

First Grade Brain Blog

 36 Week Reading Response Journal

Read-Aloud Journal: A Simple Way to Teach Reading Strategies

Writing Journal Genre Infomational or Expository

Raki's Rad Resources Blog

Back to School Unit September

Complete Poetry Unit

Literature Worksheets for Any Book

 Mayflower Mayhem Podcast Classroom Package American History

Reading Introduction Power Point and Daily Use Skill Bookmarks

Reading Skills Power Point Game Full Version

Schoolbox Treasure's Blog

 Back to School with Miss Bindergarten

Back to School ABC's of Kindergarten Handbook

Ready for Summer Math and Literacy Center

Peace, Love, and Learning Blog

 Greatest Common Factory and Least Common Multiple Four-in-a-Row Game

Gallon Castle A Story of One Family in Capacity Kingdom

Time Center Activity: Racing Fun With Time

Vintage Teacher Blog

 Welcome Back to School Activities for the First Day and Beyond

Wild About Learning Wild Animals Safari Jungle Classroom Theme

A-Dino-Mite-Year Dinosaur Classroom Theme

 50 Spelling Homework Assignments for Any List

Antonym Power Point and Worksheets

Compound Word Power Point

 Reading Record-and-Response Book with Graphic Organizers

Daily 5 Chart Management System for Kids to Monitor Daily Activities

Colors and Color Words Sorting Mats Circus

Rockin' Teacher Materials Blog

 How to Make SMores Interactive Easy Readers

Pet Math Work Station Activities

Big Chickens Fly the Coop Shared Reading Plans

A Special Kind of Class Blog

 Teaching Tips from an Award Winning National Board Certified Teacher

Test Prep Tournaments for Any Grade and Subject

Word Problem of the Day 200 Word Problem Charts

The Best of Teachers Pay Teachers Blog

 Angles Geometry Hands on Activities

Bug-Ya Basic Math Facts Computation Game
Fractions for the Confused and Bewildered AllOperations

Go Figure With SciPi's Blog

 Generic Writing and Reading Workshop PDF's

UNITS 1-10 Test Reviews for Grade 1 Everyday Math Notebook Files

Open-Ended Student Reading Strategies Posters for Grades 2 through 5 and Wise Owl Factory Language Arts CD

Wise Owl Factory Book a Day Blog

 Wise Guys TpT Store

Beginning of the Year 18 Lessons, Activities, and Worksheets on a CD

Guided Reading Worksheets and Activities 38 Pages for Any Novel

Creative Monthly Elementary Reading Log for September, Football Theme

Wise Guys Blog

Game Subject Predicate Grammar File Folder Center Literacy Sentences

Fall -Winter Ordered Pairs Pack Bundle Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas

Smarty Pants Teaching Blog

  Smarty Pants Teaching Store on TpT

All About Me Let's Make a Book

I Can Draw, I Can Write Animal Friends Fun Pack

African Jungle Animals Let's Make a Book

Kinder Kay's Store on TpT

  Rosshalde Pak's TpT Store

First Week of an ESL-ELL-ELD Class BI-I Language Abilities

All About You Questionaire

4th Grade Theme 1 Vocabulary Quizzes Journeys

Education Shortlist Blog

TpT Store for First Grade Fanatics

Reading Strategies Poster Pack Decoding and Comprehension

Ice Cream Math Timed Test Pack Addition

Pocket Chart Calendar Cards

First Grade Fanatics Blog

Secondary Solutions Store on TpT 

The Outsiders Literature Guide Common Core Standards Based

Creative writing Activities to Help Build Confident Writers

Activity Pack for The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Secondary Solutions Blog

Color Matching Game Ready Set Match

3D Shapes with their Nets and Properties

WORD WALL OF COLORS for Back to School

Nyla's Crafty Teaching Blog

Teched Out Teacher's TpT Store

Super Science Set Weather and Climate

Sports Theme Classroom Pack

Pets Theme Classroom Pack

Teched Out Teacher Blog

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Back to School Giveaways!

My friend Lisa from Effective Teaching Solutions is doing daily giveaways on her blog next week, and Smarty Pants Teaching is participating! She'll have free printables you can download each day, along with daily prizes like handmade jewelry, gift cards, and free items from Teachers Pay Teachers! What's more, if you blog about the contest, Lisa will give you something free from her store! What?! That's a great deal!

Details about Lisa's Contest

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Five: 5 Ways to Use Images in Your Classroom

Looking for a way to spruce up your lessons for the new school year? With digital images readily available from several sources these days, try one of these quick tips to bring the power of nonlinguistic representation to the forefront in your classroom.
  1. Build background by showing photos of ideas, items, or vocabulary that may be new to some of your students. Once as a part of a poetry unit, my students and I examined Spam Haiku. A few minutes in, a student asked, “What’s Spam?” I had no idea they didn’t know! A photo helped bridge the gap. The next day, I brought some in for them to try.
  2. Help students remember concepts or vocabulary by pairing key terms with an image. I used a PowerPoint to do this, and let it run on a loop on our TV or projector during work times. It was a little distracting the first few minutes, but once everyone got used to it, I found that early finishers were watching it, reviewing all of our key concepts. It helps to throw in some trivia to keep them watching. One diagram I made with the basic shape tools in PowerPoint helped my students remember the relationship between force and distance, shown here. To set your slide show to loop continuously, go to the Slide Show tab and click the Set Up Show button. Check the box for Loop continuously until 'Esc'. Make sure you set timings for the slides on the Animations tab. Go to the far right side where it says Advance Slide and then Automatically After: and enter a number of seconds to view each slide. Click Apply to All just to the left and you are all set!
  3. You say your room was perfectly organized and arranged before the kids came in and messed it all up? Take photos of the problem areas when they’re neat and orderly, and post the photos in the area with a note: “It should look like this.” This works great for areas like your classroom library, storage cabinets, and art supply shelves.
  4. Use images to prompt students to write a few sentences as guided practice for a skill. For example, one interactive whiteboard lesson I have used teaches students about types of figurative language, and then asks them to come to the board and write an example using a photograph as a prompt.
  5. Use images to create independent learning activities. You can use PowerPoint to create flashcards by putting one word on each slide and choosing "Handouts" when you print, like I did in my Simple Machines Resource Pack. Another option is to create a matching game where students match images with vocabulary. You can create actual cards that students can manipulate. (Here's a website with directions: Make Your Own Memory Game.) If you have a Quia account, you can also make custom computer memory matching games, or use games that others have created. You can also create memory games using interactive whiteboard software by hiding images and matching vocabulary behind interactive elements. For example, Mimio software has "balloons" that you can place in front of an object. Clicking the balloon "pops" it to reveal what is behind. With ActivInspire (Promethean) software, you can use the magic eraser.
Leave a comment telling us your ideas for using images in the classroom!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Web 2.0 Wednesday: Kerpoof! Your computer lab lesson plan is done!

It's my intention to highlight a different Web 2.0 tool each Wednesday, with ideas for how to use that tool in the classroom. Today’s Web 2.0 tool is a website called Kerpoof! On Kerpoof!, students use multimedia tools and their own creativity to engage in storytelling, art, and writing. No account sign-up is required to use Kerpoof, though you can have students sign up for an account if you want them to be able to save their creations on the website. No sign-up is required to save offline versions such as a JPEG of a card.

In the preschool computer lab, we have used the card making tool to create cards for special occasions such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Valentine’s Day. Students who are beginning readers or who can use a word bank can practice typing in relevant words to search for specific images they want to use. We also practice audience awareness by thinking about what the card recipient likes best rather than what we like best. The Make a Picture tool would also be great for my preschoolers to create scenes relating to the curricular theme of the month. Teachers or parents can extend the learning by having students dictate or write a sentence describing the picture.

The other tools are great for older kids. Students in the lower grades can practice spelling skills in an authentic way using the Spell a Picture tool. My rising 3rd grade daughter adores the Make a Movie tool, and has learned to write scripts, combine multiple scenes, and manage a storyboard timeline, even adding a soundtrack! I have yet to check out the Tell A Story tool, but it looks really interesting too. Check below for the grade recommendations for each tool.

Spell a Picture K-3
Make a Movie, K-8
Make a Card, K-8
Make a Drawing, K-8
Make a Picture, K-3
Tell a Story, 3-8

What ideas do you have for using Kerpoof! with your students? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Welcome to the Smarty Pants Teaching Blog!

Welcome to my blog! I'm glad you came by. Let me introduce myself. My name is Anna Colley. I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, and an educator. I taught 4th grade in a large metro Atlanta district for 11 years before taking a position last year as a school technology coordinator, my dream job. I now manage the technology program at a state-of-the-art public special-needs school serving preschoolers (ages 3 and 4) and young adults (ages 18-21). As a part of my job, I also teach computer lab to the 3 and 4 year old students. It has been an exciting change for me and a breath of fresh air! Now that I have a year under my belt, I'm feeling much more confident in my abilities as both an educational technology professional and a teacher of preschoolers.

I am also a Teachers Pay Teachers seller, which is a hobby that I really enjoy. I stumbled into this side job as a way to make a little extra money, and soon found that I really enjoy designing quality curriculum materials to share with other educators. Putting an extra polish on the teaching resources I was already using has been fun for me, and I have discovered a latent talent and interest in design in the process. I hope that you'll check out my materials, and let me know what you think!

Here are some FREEBIES that are available in my store:
Yearlong, Semi-Quarterly Book Share Project (Downloaded over 34,000 times! Also available in a comprehensive, editable version for $3.50)

Here are my most popular paid items:
Graph the Constellations, $3.00 (Over 150 sold!)
Space Adventure File Folder Game / Center (Science: Solar System), $3.00
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